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dc.contributor.authorBassingthwaighte, Louise
dc.contributor.authorGriffin, Janelle
dc.contributor.authorFleming, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorGustafsson, Louise
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Return to driving is an important goal for people recovering from acquired brain injury. Occupational therapy driving assessments aim to determine the impact of acquired brain injury on a person's capacity to drive and may include on-road driving rehabilitation. The primary objective of this project was to conduct a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT) of an on-road driving remediation program for adults with acquired brain injury. Secondary objectives were to measure the effectiveness of the on-road driving program and determine sample size required for a randomised controlled trial. METHODS: A wait-list randomised controlled trial with blinded assessment and 6-month follow-up aimed to recruit 10 participants with acquired brain injury. Concealed methods randomly allocated participants to receive the on-road driving rehabilitation program immediately (intervention group) or after 6 weeks (wait-list group). The primary outcome measure of functional fitness to drive, was assessed pre- and post-intervention, and at 6-month follow-up. Driving performance was measured by percentage of correct manoeuvres and driving instructor intervention. RESULTS: Eight participants (seven male; average age 46 years; six traumatic brain injury and two stroke) were recruited. The protocol was feasible. Results of the RCT suggest intervention effectiveness initially with two of the three interventions, and no wait-list, participants achieving fitness to drive. This increased to five out of eight participants after the wait-list group completed the intervention. While three participants retained this outcome at 6-month follow-up, universal deterioration in on-road driving performance was evident for all participants at 6-month follow-up. CONCLUSION: The trial was feasible and findings suggest that on-road driving remediation assists people with acquired brain injury to achieve functional fitness to drive but the skills may not be maintained 6 months later. A full RCT is warranted to further determine the effectiveness of on-road driving remediation and capacity of participants to maintain the skills developed.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHealth services and systems
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic health
dc.subject.keywordsdriving/community mobility
dc.subject.keywordsoccupational therapy
dc.subject.keywordsrehabilitation services
dc.subject.keywordstraumatic brain injury
dc.titleEvaluating the effectiveness of on-road driving remediation following acquired brain injury: A wait-list feasibility study with follow-up
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationBassingthwaighte, L; Griffin, J; Fleming, J; Gustafsson, L, Evaluating the effectiveness of on-road driving remediation following acquired brain injury: A wait-list feasibility study with follow-up, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 2020
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered in Griffith Research Online as an advanced online version.
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gro.griffith.authorGustafsson, Louise

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